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Trip Report The Big Apple was Amazing!

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We had a wonderful time in New York December 13-19 ~

Who/Why: Started out as a trip for my 14 year old daughter and myself - 44 on 12-19 :) We are from California but moved to Texas in 2010. My husband spends a lot of time on Long Island with work - and my stepson, dd's brother - lives in NYC - DD and I were to hang out for a few nights in the city and head out to Long Island and onto visit family in Staten Island and NJ. My husband is a NY native - Brooklyn and his family is still all there...

My stepson became unemployed after we planned our trip so he ended up spending most of the time with us and my husband ended up coming into the city as well.

My 14 year old has had a horrible time adjusting to Texas and we ended up removing her from school and doing an independent study program - so wanted to take advantage of that with some travel. She LOVES NYC and theater. Me? I am always up for a trip :)

Tuesday December 13th ~
We departed DFW on AA (we used miles and had no issues with not a ton of advance notice) we arrived no issues in LGA and thanks to the advice of the board went straight to the Taxi line which moved quickly - The weather was wonderful ~ sunny and cool ~ could not have asked for a nicer day.

Taxi ride went fine - not too much traffic (3:15 arrival)

We were staying after the advice from here at the Marriott court yard time square south http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycmd-courtyard-new-york-manhattan-times-square-south/ - we picked this hotel because I was using points and the main purpose of the trip was to see theater.

Check in was great - room was ready upon arrival - the front desk was very nice and this courtyard is one of the nicer ones I have been to. (My husband is a platinum Marriott Rewards member and we have stayed at so many Marriotts - this was very nice)

Now... there are only double beds for those traveling with 4 adults there is NO way I would suggest you stay here - it would have been fine for my daughter and I - (2 persons) but when my stepson and husband ended up in the room we were more than cramped. The decor is modern - it appears to have been recently redone. It located right by Bryant Park and in a good location.

My daughter and I got settled and headed out to grab a bit to eat before our 7:00 pm show... Mary Poppins - my choice.

We ate at a place on the way called Jack's. The bill for the two of us was about 50.00 prior to tip. http://jacksrestaurantandbar.com/ ~ it was "fine" I would not highly recommend it but would not "not" recommend it... (does that make sense???)

We had a little time still to wonder over to Time Square and Toys are Us - ohhh the bright lights and crowds - it was fun and festive and not too overwhelming...

Onto Chim chiminey Chim chiminey Chim chim cher-ee! ... :))

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